Writing and representing research

Ryan Groom*, Lee Nelson, Paul Potrac, Brett Smith

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This chapter considers representation in sports coaching research. Thesis guidelines and marking criteria tend to stipulate rigid structural requirements, whereby students have to produce theses containing chapters in a predefined order. In comparison to realist tales, confessional tales are highly personalized accounts of the research process. The work of Laura Purdy and Jones is arguably an example of a confessional tale within sports coaching research. At the present time, there are relatively few instances of fictionalized representation. The duel crisis of representation and legitimization required a reconsideration of the way in which qualitative studies should be evaluated. It is important to note that the examples provided are merely illustrative of characteristics of alternative representational and writing practices for the purpose of critical reflection and to open a space for dialogue. According to Andrew C. Sparkes it has been argued that poetic representation is well placed to retell lived experience and can be an evocative form of communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods in Sports Coaching
EditorsLee Nelson, Ryan Groom, Paul Potrac
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203797549
ISBN (Print)9780415626804
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


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